Movers and Shapers

This year, hundreds of local designers will host symposia, open studios, installations, parties and exhibits in 90 events from October 16th to 22nd

Warren Muller and R.J. Thornburg, Bahdeebahdu
1522 North American Street, 215-627-5002,

Muller and Thornburg are the bon vivants of the city’s design community. Their parties and openings feel a bit like one of Muller’s imaginative, sprawling chandeliers, with bright, jumbled masses of disparate entities — vintage glassware, milk crates, and in one case, a Mini Station Wagon — coalescing around a single hub, the couple’s showroom/workshop in South Kensington. Thornburg is an interior designer with a penchant for art and bright modern spaces; Muller, originally from New York, moved to Philly in the late ’60s to attend the University of the Arts (then Philadelphia College of the Arts), and stayed because it felt right. “I found it was a real fertile ground in which to develop myself as an artist, and it still is,” says Muller.

Best known for: Muller’s chandeliers, which hang in Tony Goldman’s Philadelphia Building, in the restaurant Supper, and at the Stonewall Golf Club in Lancaster County, which Thornburg decorated.

What they’re doing this year: Feting Wink, a coffee-table collection of Muller’s light sculptures, with a book-release party at the studio. October 19th, 5 to 7 p.m. 1522 North American Street.